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Research 

COMMENTS 

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Research on Europe at UCL

UCL European Institute

The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise rated UCL as the best research university in London, and third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were considered of ‘world-leading quality’. Over 250 academic UCL staff are engaged in research and scholarship on European and EU related subjects across faculties, disciplines and methodologies: from economics and political science to law; from language, culture and history to health; from climate change and the history of science to the built environment. Some of the key schools involved in the research on Europe and the European Union, such as UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the School of Public Policy or the Faculty of Laws, are recognised as among the leading centres for research and teaching in their field world-wide.

Much of this research is carried out in cooperation with other European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – over 2800 such research collaborations with over 330 HEIs, public organisations and commercial enterprises from 34 European countries have been established under the current European Framework Programmes FP7 and the previous FP6 alone. 

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UCL is also dedicated to enhancing the academic, public and policy impact of its scholarship. UCL’s research strategy has identified four ‘Grand Challenges’ to address complex contemporary problems by bringing together different kinds of expertise and methodologies. The European Institute forms a part of this investment.

UCL is among others a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the League of European Research Universities.